ACT OF TORTURE: Horrified Warwick residents are calling for answers after finding the carcass of an innocent koala that was tortured and maimed.
ACT OF TORTURE: Horrified Warwick residents are calling for answers after finding the carcass of an innocent koala that was tortured and maimed. Marian Faa

GRAPHIC: Woman finds butchered animal in city centre

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A HORRIFIED Warwick resident is shocked and utterly lost for words after finding a "tortured" young koala right in the middle of the town.

The butchered animal was found yesterday afternoon in the middle of the New England Highway, outside St Mark's Church.

Pantera Louanna was cycling home from the shops yesterday afternoon when she found the maimed animal, which looked like it had been "bashed to death".

"It's just... you don't see that often. Where was the rest of it and are there more?"

 

GRUESOME FIND: Warwick resident Pantera Louanna was horrified by what she found.
GRUESOME FIND: Warwick resident Pantera Louanna was horrified by what she found. Marian Faa

Ms Louanna said she had no idea how the koala's remains got to where she found them.

"It was very fresh. I've been around fresh kill before and this was fresh as fresh can be," she said.

Seeing the precision with which the animal had been skinned, Ms Louanna worried the poor koala had been poached for its fur.

"All the skinning under its face is perfect, you can see and feel its nose."

 

BUTCHERED: Carcass of a koala that was found in the centre of Warwick yesterday afternoon.
BUTCHERED: Carcass of a koala that was found in the centre of Warwick yesterday afternoon. Marian Faa

Unsure of what to do, Ms Louanna took the koala back to her home in her plastic shopping bag and cleaned its remains.

"I put its little bone chips in a cup. I salted it to preserve it and put it in the freezer."

Ms Louanna said she was sad and lost for words and couldn't believe someone would do something so cruel.

 

DEVESTATING: Only the skin and the paw of the animal remain.
DEVESTATING: Only the skin and the paw of the animal remain. Marian Faa

"What if more of these little creatures are suffering somewhere, getting poached?

"It's just a reminder that farmers, everyone should be on the look out for it because it could still be happening."

MS Louanna said she rang the Warwick Police who told her to contact a wildlife centre.

 

UTTERLY CRUEL: Ms Louanna salted and froze the remains, intending to report the act of torture to police.
UTTERLY CRUEL: Ms Louanna salted and froze the remains, intending to report the act of torture to police. Marian Faa

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